field mouse


field mouse


: a type of mouse that lives in open fields

Full Definition of FIELD MOUSE

:  any of various mice and voles that inhabit fields

First Known Use of FIELD MOUSE

15th century

field mouse

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In general, any mouse that normally lives in fields; more strictly, any of about seven species of small, long-tailed mice in the genus Apodemus (family Muridae). Field mice in this genus are found in fields, woodlands, and mountain meadows in the warm and temperate parts of Eurasia. They are grayish or light or reddish brown and are 2–5 in. (6–12 cm) long excluding the tail. They generally live in burrows and build nests of grass and other plants. They eat seeds, roots, and other plant material, occasionally damaging crops or young trees.

Variants of FIELD MOUSE

field mouse or wood mouse


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